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The wisdom of Harry Potter : what our favorite hero teaches us about moral choices

Author: Edmund M Kern
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Edmund M. Kern argues that the attraction of these stories to children comes not only from the fantastical elements embedded in the plots, but also from their underlying moral messages. Children genuinely desire to follow Harry, as he confronts a host of challenges in an uncertain world, because of his desire to do the right thing. Harry's coherent yet flexible approach to dealing with evil reflects an updated form  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: J K Rowling; J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character); Joanne K Rowling; J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund M Kern
ISBN: 1591021332 9781591021339
OCLC Number: 52514356
Description: 296 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Imaginatively updating an old-fashioned future --
2. Plot threads and moral fibers --
3. Harry Potter's morality on display : a primer on stoic virtue --
4. Greed, conventionality, demonic threat --
5. Imagination, history, legend, and myth.
Responsibility: Edmund M. Kern.
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Edmund M. Kern argues that the attraction of these stories to children comes not only from the fantastical elements embedded in the plots, but also from their underlying moral messages. Children genuinely desire to follow Harry, as he confronts a host of challenges in an uncertain world, because of his desire to do the right thing. Harry's coherent yet flexible approach to dealing with evil reflects an updated form of Stoicism, says Kern. --from publisher description.

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